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A huge beer festival is coming to Manchester with hundreds of beers on offer

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The Craft Beer Festival

Manchester is getting a huge festival celebrating Craft Beer this July, with 45 breweries and hundreds of beers.

Dedicated to Manchester’s wide and varied craft beer scene, Manchester Craft Beer Festival celebrates beer in all its forms. 

Guests can expect everything from sour beers and IPAs to low ABV beers from a whole host of local brewers, plus a selection of some of the UK’s best.

Plus there will even be a New York showcase, showing the best of the big boys from over the pond.

The Craft Beer Festival

Representing Manchester, you’ll find the likes of Marble, Manchester Union, Track Brewing Co and Pomona Island.

There will also be the brand new Bundobust Brew Pub. Plus international names from some of Europe’s most popular breweries include Norway’s Lervig, Denmark’s Mikkeller and Netherlands’ Fontaal and Kees.

While the New York Showcase will include Grimm, Barrier, KCBC and Equilibrium breweries, there’ll also be appearances by Brew York, Brixton, Northern Monk, Gipsy Hill, Signature, Full Circle, North, Salt, Stone & Wood, The Kernel, Verdant and Vocation, with more to be announced.

The Craft Beer Festival

The best bit is that your ticket includes all the beers you sample! Tickets are priced at £49.50 and upon entry you grab a free glass and sample as many as you responsibly can.

Each ticket allows guest entry for five-hours on Friday or Saturday, giving you ample time to try the beers.

There will also be a lineup of exciting music acts and you get a special festival beer glass and access to the pop-up kitchens. 

The King of funk & soul Craig Charles, Daddy G of Massive Attack – known for hip-hop rhythms and dub grooves – and London’s art rock band Django Django will all be taking over the decks, to provide guests with the perfect sonic backdrop to the festival, with more acts to be announced.

You can also expect some of Manchester’s top foodies offering up some seriously good grub too.

The Craft Beer Festival

Co-founder of We are Beer, Greg Wells said: “We’re ecstatic that we can go ahead with the launch of Manchester Craft Beer Festival this year, we’ve wanted to do something epic in the city for ages – it’s got such great breweries and a creative culture and buzz that is second to none.

“Our festival showcases the best of beer from the UK and around the world and is a complete learning and exploration experience, a chance to drink your favourite beers as well as try something completely new.

“But it’s also an amazing night out – the whole experience is elevated by having some sensational DJs spinning the decks and delicious food to eat so there’s definitely something for everyone.”

The Manchester Craft Beer Festival is taking place at The Depot at Mayfield across July 23rd and 24th 2021. 

You can get tickets here

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Tickets for magical Harry Potter forbidden forest experience are out now

A truly magical experience for all Harry Potter fans

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Calling all Harry Potter fans: An enchanting forest trail inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter is set to come to Cheshire later this year. 

Warner Brothers Themed Entertainment have teamed up with Thinkwell in a partnership that will see Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience –  taking place usually in the United States – arrive just around the corner from Manchester over in Cheshire.

The exciting Forbidden Forest attraction will debut this autumn in the beautiful woodlands at Arley Hall & Gardens, giving fans of the magical franchise the chance to experience a night time trail akin to the films.

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Visitors will be able to make their way through the magical woodland and follow an illuminated path on which they will discover not only a whole array of surprises, but some of their favourite moments from the books and the films.

After watching the beautiful forest come to life, visitors can then go on to enjoy a wide range of food and drinks at the nearby village, before perusing the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home.

Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, said: “The Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience offers fans a new way to enjoy some of the most iconic and magical wizarding world moments.

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“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Thinkwell to bring this incredible light trail to life at Arley Hall & Gardens, a perfect location where the natural beauty of the forest trail and illuminated sets filled with familiar creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, will make for a magical experience for fans of all ages.”

The trail will follow a one-way route through the gardens, and will also be fully accessible to all as well as Covid secure in adherence with the latest Government safety guidelines.

The event is on from October 16th until November 22nd and you can grab tickets here.

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Peter Kay announces return to stage with two special live shows next month

He’s been out the spotlight since 2017

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Peter Kay is finally returning to the stage with two new special live shows next month.

The Bolton legend has announced he will be doing two Q&As in aid of Laura Nuttall. The 20-year-old was diagnosed with a fast-growing, aggressive brain tumour called Glioblastoma multiforme back in October 2018.

The special shows will be happening at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on August 7th, at 1:30pm and 6:30pm.

Laura’s mum wrote: “Still can’t believe this is actually happening! So incredibly grateful to Peter for doing this and just cannot wait for August 7th.’”

Peter has been out of the spotlight since 2017, when he cancelled his 14-month tour out of the blue, citing ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.

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A statement from the time read: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

“My sincerest apologies… I’m sure you’ll understand that my family must always come first.

“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again, I’m very sorry.”

Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday, July 30th, at 9am – you can find them here.

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Crepe City is coming to Manchester this weekend with tickets for just £10

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If nothing makes you happier than a good pair of trainers, then you need to get yourself down to Crepe City.

Europe’s largest trainer festival is returning to Manchester this weekend, after it was forced to cancel last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crepe City will bring with it absolutely loads of rare and exclusive shoes, with more than 150 traders ‘showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers’.

There’ll be more than just trainers there as well, with DJs and performers, street food, bar, a sneaker-cleaning service, competitions and panel discussions.

Crepe City

The event description reads: “The leading sneaker event in Europe returns to Manchester! Expect to see over 150 traders showcasing the rarest and most desirable pairs of trainers all for sale under one roof.

“The festival will also have competitions, panel discussions, live performances, Manchester-based DJs playing throughout the day, street food, and a bar sponsored by upcoming Manchester-based spirits brand Rockstar Spirits.

“Clothing brands from Manchester and London will also be present alongside local footwear sellers with local talent and workforce represented. Don’t miss it!”

Crepe City

Crepe City is happening this Sunday, August 1st, from 12pm-5pm, over at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Trafford Park.

Tickets are live now and are only £10 each – you can grab them here.

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